NEWS RELEASE
Office of Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.


May 22, 2000 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

FORMER SOCIAL SERVICES EMPLOYEE PLEADS GUILTY IN BOGUS FOSTER CARE CASE

Baltimore - Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that David U. Rose, 34, a former employee of the Baltimore City Department of Social Services (DSS), pleaded guilty in Baltimore City Circuit Court to stealing approximately $157,000.00 in foster care funds from DSS over a nine-month period. Rose was convicted of one count of felony theft.

According to the statement of facts entered into the record, Rose devised his scheme while employed by DSS. Using the name of his friend Deanna Dudley, he submitted fraudulent bills to DSS in the name of a non-existent foster care provider, "Dudley House", for care allegedly rendered to eight foster care children to whose records he had access. None of the eight children were receiving foster care at that time. He forged the signatures of his supervisors as approving the fraudulent requests for payment. At Mr. Rose's instruction, Ms. Dudley would then endorse the payment checks and cash them for Rose, who was employed by DSS for two years.

"Mr. Rose, with the help of Ms. Dudley, stole money from a system in place to serve the foster children of Baltimore City," Attorney General Curran said. "This was nothing more than a web of deceit that ended up catching both Rose and Dudley."

The Honorable Kathleen O'Ferrall Friedman sentenced Rose to five years imprisonment, suspended all but eighteen months of the sentence and ordered him to pay restitution of $157,000. Upon his release, Rose will be placed on probation for five years. Deanna Dudley pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit felony theft and was placed on probation earlier this month.

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